Man admits cannabis possession
A 41-year-old man admitted possessing cannabis worth an estimated $21,000 when he appeared in Magistrates' Court this morning.
Ijah Richardson, of Devonshire, pleaded guilty to possessing the drug with intent to supply.
He also pleaded guilty to four counts of possessing equipment intended for use in connection with an illegal drug.
The court heard that police executed a search warrant at Mr Richardson's Crown Hill Lane residence on August 14.
Crown Prosecutor Cindy Clarke told the court that police found cannabis on the defendant's bedside table.
She said that further plant material was found in a fridge and a black suitcase, which also contained a set of scales, scissors, grinders and syringes.
A total of 423.23 grammes of cannabis, with a street value of $21,150, were seized.
Ms Clarke said that all the drug equipment contained traces of either cannabis residue or resin.
She added that Mr Richardson admitted the offences as soon as he was taken to the Hamilton Police Station.
Magistrate Khamisi Tokunbo released Mr Richardson on $10,000 bail with one surety under the condition that he surrender his passport and report to the Hamilton Police Station every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Mr Tokunbo also ordered a social inquiry report and a drug assessment.
The matter was adjourned to February 10.